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Mitt Romney, past CPAC straw poll winner, now panned as ‘political opportunist’ at conference

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Mitt Romney was widely labeled as a “political opportunist” in this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll—despite being picked in the same straw poll as conservatives’ preferred presidential nominee in 2012.

The results underscored how Romney has angered some in the base for defecting on the final impeachment vote for President Trump.

As per tradition, the conservative conference included a straw poll, which asked attendees to assess the president’s performance, share their feelings on administration policies—such as the economy and immigration reform—and give predictions for the 2020 election.

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The Romney straw poll question gave attendees three choices regarding their opinion of the 2012 presidential nominee and current Utah GOP senator.

The options were: “While I may disagree with him sometimes, Mitt Romney is a man of principle and an important voice in the Republican Party;” “Mitt Romney is a typical political opportunist by voting with Democrats to remove President Trump from office and I do not support him,” or “Unsure.”

A full 78 percent of CPAC attendees chose option two—calling the Utah senator an “opportunist” whom they do not support.

CPAC’s Romney rank is a stunning reversal from 2012, when the majority of attendees gave him an unofficial endorsement—breaking a two-year winning streak by Ron Paul.

The vote comes after Romney, R-Utah, broke with party ranks earlier this month, voting in favor of finding Trump guilty of abuse of power in the Senate’s impeachment trial. Romney, though stuck with Republican senators in voting to acquit Trump on the second article of impeachment—obstruction of Congress.

“The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust,” an emotional Romney said in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace before the impeachment vote. “What he did was not perfect. No, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values.”

Trump, in his impeachment trial, was accused of withholding aid to Ukraine as leverage to pressure the country to launch an investigation involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his family’s dealings there. Democrats alleged he abused his power to investigate a political rival, considering Biden’s 2020 presidential bid. Trump denied any quid pro quo and repeatedly described his conversations with Ukraine’s president as “perfect.”

Trump, during his CPAC speech Saturday, railed against Romney, calling him a “low life.”

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Joe Biden under probe in Ukraine for alleged link to top prosecutor’s 2016 ouster: report

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Investigators in Ukraine have launched a probe into former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden over allegations that he pressured Ukrainian officials to fire the country’s top prosecutor in 2016, according to a report.

The Ukrainian probe was launched in response to a court order, after the ousted prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, made an appeal for action in the matter, Shokin’s attorney, Oleksandr Teleshetsky, told The Washington Post.

“They need to investigate this. They have no other alternative,” Teleshetsky told the Post. “They are required to do this by the decision of the court. If they don’t, then they violate a whole string of procedural norms.”

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“They need to investigate this. They have no other alternative. They are required to do this by the decision of the court. If they don’t, then they violate a whole string of procedural norms.”

— Oleksandr Teleshetsky, attorney for ousted Ukrainian prosecutor

Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigations confirmed a probe was underway, the Post reported.

Shokin has long objected to his removal, claiming Biden – who’s now running for president — pushed for his firing because the prosecutor tried to investigate Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian gas company where Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was a highly paid board member, reportedly receiving $83,000 per month.

Both Bidens have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in connection with Ukraine. Hunter Biden pledged last year to avoid business deals with foreign entities if his father becomes president.

In a video from a Council on Foreign Relations event in 2018, Biden is heard bragging about using his influence to get Shokin fired, including threatening to call back a $1 billion loan from the U.S. government to Ukraine if the firing didn’t happen.

“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden says in the video, referring to a conversation with then-Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.

“Well, son of a b—-, he got fired,” Biden adds. “And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”

Shokin’s removal during the Obama era was done in coordination with the U.S. State Department, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, the Post reported.

Last summer, President Trump asked Ukraine’s current president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to launch an investigation into the Bidens regarding their dealings in the country – a request that House Democrats said amounted to a “quid pro quo” arrangement, alleging that Trump had threatened to withhold U.S. aid if Ukraine did not comply with the president’s wishes.

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The House Democrats’ allegations became the basis of their impeachment of Trump, on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in a party-line vote Dec. 18. But the Senate ultimately acquitted the president Feb. 5, again mostly along party lines.

Shokin mentioned Joe Biden by name while making his request for an investigation but case documents prepared by the State Bureau of Investigations refer only to an unnamed U.S. citizen, Teleshetsky told the Post.

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Kayleigh McEnany: Dems have ‘nothing to offer’ in 2020 except Russia

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Elites within the Democratic Party want reports of Russian meddling in the upcoming presidential race to surface now, Trump 2020 National Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Saturday.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends Weekend” with host Lisa Boothe, McEnany said that reports of Russian interference in The Washington Post were released ahead of the Nevada caucus race in a concerted effort by the Democratic Party to delegitimize President Trump and negatively influence candidates they don’t want as the nominee.

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“Isn’t it convenient that whoever they want to take down they surface this narrative — and you even have CNN’s Jake Tapper pushing back — about the reporting about President Trump and the briefing and now Bernie Sanders pushing back against The Washington Post,” she told Boothe.

“It’s really incredible that they think after a three-year investigation, $40 million spent, and [the] exoneration of President Trump, that their winning compelling message to take down President Trump is Russia collusion,” McEnany added.

“It just shows that they are bereft of ideas. This is a pathetic party that has nothing to offer the American people except Russia,” she stated.

The Post wrote Friday that U.S. intelligence officials have determined Moscow is attempting to interfere in the race on behalf of both the president and frontrunner Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Trump took to Twitter and slammed the media, singling out MSNBC — which he called “MSDNC” — and CNN for grouping Sanders among others as “Russian Sympathizers.”

“MSDNC (Comcast Slime), @CNN  and others of the Fake Media, have now added Crazy Bernie to the list of Russian Sympathizers, along with @TulsiGabbard & Jill Stein (of the Green Party), both agents of Russia, they say,” Trump wrote, “But now they report President Putin wants Bernie (or me) to win.”

On Saturday morning he warned Democrats in the “Great State of Nevada” — which he predicted he would win in November — to be “careful of Russia, Russia, Russia.”

“According to Corrupt politician Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff, they are pushing for Crazy Bernie Sanders to win. Vote!”

“I don’t care, frankly, who [Russian President Vladimir] Putin wants to be president,” Sanders said in a statement following the article’s release. “My message to Putin is clear: stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.”

Ahead of a rally Friday in California, Sanders was questioned by reporters about the news, saying in a video posted on Twitter by a CNN reporter he was briefed on the Russian interference attempts “about a month ago.”

When questioned as to why the news of the briefing is only coming out now, Sanders replied: “I’ll let you guess,” adding that it was “one day before the Nevada caucus.”

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Boothe asked McEnany if Democrats and the media are trying to de-legitimize the president.

“That’s been their goal since day one — since before he was elected; there had already been a Democrat Party official talking about impeachment. The day he was inaugurated there was a Washington Post headline that the quest for impeachment has begun,” McEnany replied.

“Delegitimizing the president and taking away the vote of the American people, importantly, has been the goal of the left and American people have seen through it,” she concluded.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas, Andrew Craft, Joseph A. Wulfsohn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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John Bolton pressed by Susan Rice on impeachment testimony at Vanderbilt event

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Former national security advisers John Bolton and Susan Rice engaged in a sometimes-tense debate over Russia and the impeachment trial against President Trump, in front of a crowd of 1,500 people Wednesday in Nashville.

The pair came together for the Vanderbilt Chancellors Lecture Series entitled “Defining U.S. Global Leadership” at Vanderbilt Unversity two weeks after the Senate acquitted Trump without subpoenaing Bolton to testify.

Bolton drew the ire of Trump when he surprisingly announced in January that he would testify in the Senate if called to do so. In leaked passages from his forthcoming book scheduled to be released in March, he said Trump told him military aid to Ukraine was conditioned on whether its leaders would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, specifically their dealings in the country.

“I can’t imagine withholding my testimony,” Rice said.

“I was prepared to testify, there was a vote,” Bolton responded. “Multiple times where senators were against it.”

“Didn’t you expect that?” Rice asked him.

“No, I didn’t expect that,” Bolton replied. “My testimony would have made no difference to the outcome if they knew why was going on in Washington.”

He added, “I sleep at night because I have followed my conscience.”

On the topic of Ukraine, Bolton, who was ousted from his position last year in the middle of the House impeachment inquiry, said congressional Democrats had “made a mess of it.”

He added, “I think the House committed impeachment malpractice.”

At one point, Bolton elicited a few boos from the audience when he said: “If any of you are willing to go to jail give me your names after and I’ll put you in touch with the DOJ.”

On the Iraq war, Rice called the conflict a “massive strategic blunder.”

“The Iraq war has led to some follow on consequences of great significance,” she said. “We still are embroiled. I’m trying to clean up the consequences.”

Bolton, who served as ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, said he often was characterized as his Iraq policymaker.

“All I can say is…if only…” he responded.

Before becoming Trump’s national security adviser, Bolton said Rice gave him “excellent advice.”

“Wait, I’m not sure I ever made that public,” Rice quipped.

“Well, now it is,” Bolton replied.

“I just didn’t want you to get shot,” Rice said at the end of the exchange, which elicited laughter from the crowd.

Rice, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations who served as national security adviser under President Obama, said Trump’s choice of actions “unsettles our allies, emboldens our adversaries, and it’s going to be difficult to put it all back together.”

She also criticized Trump’s history of disregarding his advisers, while Bolton argued the National Security Council needed to be adjusted to fit the president’s decision-making process.

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“You can have a great decision-making process, but if the president of the United States disregards his advisers and tweets at 1:30 in the morning about whatever comes to mind, it’s not going to help,” Rice said.

“I’m not sure there were any officials in the national security administration that were ever shy about voicing their opinions in the Trump administration, I’m just not sure their opinion ever mattered,” Bolton said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Steve Scalise reacts to Democrats, the ‘party of impeachment,’ considering new Trump investigations

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise reacted Monday to reports that Democrats are considering another investigation involving President Trump, this time in regard to his tweet about Republican consultant Roger Stone’s sentence.

Attorney General William Barr called for a reduction in the initially recommended sentence for Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress and intimidating a witness, around the same time the president tweeted a criticism of the longer sentence.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claimed Trump was acting “above the law” and “trying to manipulate” federal law enforcement for his own political interests.

“The Story” host Ed Henry noted to Scalise, R-La., that he predicted calls for investigations into the president would continue into the election, despite the president’s acquittal on impeachment charges.

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“[T]hey are the party of impeachment. The Democrats have been talking about this since the day the president and Melania Trump came down that escalator, and said they would impeach him them. They didn’t think he was going to be elected president,” Scalise said.

“The FBI had people embedded within, trying to stop him from getting elected — and that’s where the investigation, by the way, ought to be, if Pelosi really cared about uncovering anything.”

Scalise added that when observers listened to the San Francisco Democrat discuss impeachment and the president, she sounded like she held a grudge against him.

While on a trip to Munich, Germany, Pelosi told CNN last week that Trump was “not vindicated.”

“[W]hen you watch it, it’s like the personal vendetta comes out — we should be putting our personal differences on the side. You should fight passionately for things you believe in but you should not make things personal, and clearly she’s crossed that line,” he said.

During an interview with CNN last Wednesday, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., was asked whether Democrats would look to launch a new impeachment inquiry on the new controversy.

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“You know, we’re not going to take our options off the table,” Swalwell, a member of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, told CNN. “We don’t wake up in the morning wanting to impeach him.”

He added: “We want to work with him on prescription drugs, background checks and infrastructure, but we’re not going to let him just torch this democracy because he thinks that he’s been let off once and we’re not going to do something about it.”

Fox News’ Ed Henry, Brooke Singman and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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DOJ investigates the investigators: 5 internal probes underway on Russia and more

Several federal prosecutors have been tapped to investigate high-profile Russia, Ukraine and Clinton-related matters under the Trump administration.

Here is a list of the internal Justice Department probes underway:

The case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn

Attorney General Bill Barr appointed the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Jeff Jensen to review the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Justice Department officials told Fox News that Jensen will work hand-in-hand with Brandon Van Grack — the lead prosecutor on the Flynn case — during his review.

Flynn’s case has gone through years of twists and turns, with sentencing postponed repeatedly over the last two years. Flynn’s supporters have insisted he is innocent but was forced to plead guilty when his son was threatened with prosecution and he exhausted his financial resources.

As part of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his communications with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Barr’s move to tap Jensen comes after Flynn and his attorney last month moved to withdraw his guilty plea, citing “the government’s bad faith, vindictiveness, and breach of the plea agreement.”

Ukraine information

Barr last week confirmed that the Justice Department is reviewing information about Ukraine coming from President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and others. Barr has tapped U.S. Attorney from the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott Brady to handle that Ukraine information.

That review comes after the president was acquitted on charges — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — stemming from the Ukraine controversy.

Giuliani, for months, has focused on the circumstances surrounding Hunter Biden’s past board position with Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings and the role of his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, in ousting a prosecutor who had been looking into the firm’s founder.

The impeachment of Trump focused largely on his efforts to press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate that issue. The president’s request came after millions in U.S. military aid to Ukraine had been frozen, which Democrats argued showed a “quid pro quo” arrangement. Trump denied it.

CBS News first reported last week that the review, which has been going on for several weeks, will go beyond the Biden-Ukraine connection.

Durham probe into origins of Russia investigation

Last year, Barr appointed U.S. Attorney from Connecticut John Durham to review the events leading up to the 2016 presidential election and through Trump’s January 20, 2017 inauguration. But, as Fox News first reported, Durham has since expanded his investigation to cover a post-election timeline spanning the spring of 2017 — when Mueller was appointed as special counsel.

Durham investigated CIA officials and other officials throughout the intelligence community. Former CIA Director John Brennan has said that Durham plans to interview him and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Those interviews have yet to take place, a source familiar with the investigation told Fox News last week.

Clinton Foundation, Uranium One

In November 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber and other senior prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues” involving the sale of Uranium One and alleged unlawful dealings related to the Clinton Foundation.

The status of the Huber probe, and whether he is still investigating, is unclear.

FISA warrant, Clinton server document release

In April 2018, the Justice Department appointed U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch to oversee the gathering of documents in response to a subpoena issued by the House Judiciary Committee in an effort to obtain materials related to the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses.

The move came after the president blasted the Justice Department and the FBI for “slow walking” turning over requested documents to Congress.

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John R. Lausch Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, center, briefs reporters on the trial of Floyd Brown in the killing of Special Deputy United States Marshal Jacob Keltner on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, U.S. District Courthouse in Rockford. Brown pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges accusing him of fatally shooting Keltner, who was trying to serve an arrest warrant at a hotel. (Scott P. Yates/Rockford Register Star via AP)

“[T]he attorney general and FBI director asked U.S. Attorney John Lausch from the Northern District of Illinois to oversee this production moving forward. Mr. Lausch, who has experience in the department and in private practice, will ensure that production moves at an acceptable pace and that any redactions are necessary and consistent under the relevant laws and regulations,” then-DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said at the time, noting Lausch will have “independent authority” to oversee the production and report progress to Sessions.

It is unclear whether Lausch still has oversight of document production from the DOJ and FBI to Congress.

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Trump slams Manchin as a ‘puppet’ – even after West Virginia Democrat signals he’s open to endorsing president

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President Trump on Friday continued his assault on Sen. Joe Manchin even though the moderate Democrat signaled he wants to make peace with the president after his impeachment guilty vote.

Trump called Manchin a “puppet” for Democrat leaders — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer — while praising West Virginia’s other senator, Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, as a “great person.”

“I was told by many that Manchin was just a puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. That’s what he is!” Trump tweeted.

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Manchin, D-W.Va., did not cross party lines to vote with Republicans and found Trump guilty in the Senate impeachment trial, denying the GOP a chance to tout a bipartisan acquittal. Instead, the lone party defector of either side was Republican Sen. Mitt Romney.

Manchin, who is up for reelection in 2024, said he’s open to backing Trump for his reelection in 2020, despite believing he abused his power and obstructed Congress.

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“I don’t rule anything out. I really don’t rule anything out,” Manchin told Politico. “I’m always going to be for what’s best for my country. Everybody can change. Maybe the president will change, you know? Maybe that uniter will come out, versus the divider.”

Manchin said he will be more open to backing Trump if he thinks West Virginia has been better off under the president and if the Democrats nominate someone who is too out of step with his centrist beliefs.

“I hope he changes,” Manchin said of Trump. “I’m looking for that person that has heart and soul and compassion.”

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Since Trump’s impeachment acquittal, the president has taken a victory lap and began exacting revenge on those he’s deemed disloyal. He’s blasted Romney and forced out Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who testified in his impeachment probe.

While Trump and Manchin have forged a relationship before, the president has ridiculed him on Twitter as “Munchkin” since his impeachment vote.

Trump, who is very popular in West Virginia, campaigned against Manchin during his 2018 reelection. But Manchin forgave him immediately afterward and now hopes the president can also move on from impeachment grudges.

“It’s not different [from] when he wanted to have lunch the week after I was elected. And he said: ‘I knew we couldn’t beat you.’ And I said, ‘It wasn’t for lack of trying.’ Boom, it’s over, let it go. I did. I’m asking him to do the same thing I did,” Manchin said at the time. “He tried to remove me.”

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Joe Manchin, who voted to oust Trump, says he may endorse his reelection

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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he could potentially endorse President Trump for reelection just a week after he voted to convict the president for abuse of power, according to a report published Thursday.

“Everybody can change,” Manchin told Politico. “Maybe the president will change, you know? Maybe that uniter will come out, versus the divider.”

Manchin said that, although Trump did his best to unseat him in 2018, the two were having lunch together a week after his third-term reelection.

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“He said: ‘I knew we couldn’t beat you,’” Manchin said of Trump. “And I said: ‘It wasn’t for lack of trying.’ Boom, it’s over, let it go. I did. I’m asking him to do the same thing I did. He tried to remove me.”

Manchin, a conservative Democrat, has been known to cross party lines. In 2018, he was the only Democrat to vote for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and has endorsed Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, for reelection, a seat Democrats hope to flip. He also noted he’s voted with Republicans 56 percent of the time.

Trump has hammered Manchin for his impeachment vote on Twitter by calling him “Joe Munchkin,” “weak & pathetic.”

The West Virginia senator said he is waiting to reach out to the White House until things “simmer down.”

Manchin’s vote was especially irritating for Trump since some had thought he might vote with Republicans, making the president’s acquittal bipartisan. Instead, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was the only one to break with his party in the vote.

“Lindsey [Graham] had talked about the fact that we were going to get several Democrats. And Joe was one,” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said, according to Politico. “He kind of walks this line. There are those in our conference who say he’s always with you except when you need him.”

Manchin said he plans to hold a series of town halls in West Virginia – a state Trump won by 42 percent – to explain his vote to convict. “I owe it to them,” he told Politico.

Graham, R-S.C., said he has attempted to smooth things over between Trump and Manchin, talking to him about his attacks on the Democrat and arguing that Manchin is the Republicans’ best chance for bipartisan support on legislation.

The president “doesn’t believe it today, but there will come a time when we need Joe tomorrow,” Graham told Politico. “We still have a lot to do here. Prescription drugs and a lot of things are gonna be right on the cusp of 60 votes.”

Manchin said he was inclined to vote to acquit Trump at the beginning of the trial but the evidence made it impossible for him. He was also critical of Trump’s performance during the State of the Union last week.

“I saw the State of the Union, and I said: ‘It’s not who we are.’ There’s so many good things that we can do better. I hope he changes,” Manchin told Politico. “I’m looking for that person that has heart and soul and compassion.”

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Manchin’s office has not yet responded to an after-hours email from Fox News.

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Chris Wallace: Trump should not have weighed in on Barr, Roger Stone sentence

President Trump should not have weighed in on his former adviser Roger Stone’s trial, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace said Thursday.

In an interview on Fox News Radio’s “Brian Kilmeade Show,” Wallace said that while some Democrats’ calls for another impeachment over comments he made via Twitter this week were “ludicrous,” the president “should not have done what he did.”

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“You know, let me put it this way,” he continued. “If you were about to be sentenced, would you want me attacking your judge? The answer is no. No, you wouldn’t like that and he shouldn’t be doing it. He should just leave it alone.”

“Any president – not Obama, not Trump – shouldn’t put their thumb on the scales of justice,” Wallace stated.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, the president offered his “congratulations” to Attorney General William Barr after the Justice Department (DOJ) submitted an amended filing in Stone’s criminal case seeking a lighter sentence than prosecutors first recommended – a move that comes as Democrats accuse the White House of politicizing the DOJ and career prosecutors have withdrawn from the case in apparent protest.

“I don’t think he should have complained about the guidelines that – apparently they were going to be changed anyway,” Wallace told Kilmeade. “So, just be quiet. Don’t thank Attorney General Barr and certainly do not attack the judge who is going to sentence.”

In November of 2019, Stone was convicted of obstructing a congressional inquiry by the House Intelligence Committee into Russian interference in the 2016 election, lying to investigators under oath, and trying to block the testimony of a witness.

Federal prosecutors initially suggested a lengthy sentence of between 87 and 108 months in prison on Monday. The following day, the DOJ leadership overruled the prosecutors in the case, submitting a new filing that said the DOJ “respectfully submits that a sentence of incarceration far less than 87 to 108 months’ imprisonment would be reasonable” for Stone.

“Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought,” Trump wrote. “Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!”

It is unclear what the president was specifically referring to as “tainted,” but this is not the first time the president has made unsubstantiated claims about independent counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“Two months in jail for a Swamp Creature, yet 9 years recommended for Roger Stone (who was not even working for the Trump Campaign.) Gee, that sounds very fair!” he continued in a follow-up tweet. “Rogue prosecutors maybe? The Swamp!”

Since the tweets posted, Democrats have accused the president of interfering in the process – a charge which he has vehemently denied – and called for Barr’s resignation. Additionally, the case has been complicated further by questions over possible juror bias.

Meanwhile, it emerged Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson had denied a defense request to strike a potential juror who was an Obama-era press official with admitted anti-Trump views – and whose husband worked at the same DOJ division that handled the probe leading to Stone’s arrest.

And, another Stone juror, Seth Cousins, donated to former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and other progressive causes, federal election records reviewed by Fox News show.

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In defense of the president’s comments, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning that the president has a “right to his opinion.”

She also said that Barr was correct in labeling Stone’s previously recommended nine-year sentence “excessive.”

“That was something that they knew was excessive and did on their own,” she said.

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Wallace mused that if he were in the Democrats’ shoes, he would be spending his time passing legislation to help real people and not going after the president.

“You want to criticize the president, hold a news conference – fine,” he concluded. “But, I wouldn’t be using my precious time in the majority in the House with that. I’d be spending it on legislation that’s going to affect peoples’ lives.”

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Trump asked what he learned from impeachment trial, response goes viral

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President Trump was asked Wednesday what– if anything– he learned after enduring a Senate impeachment trial that put his presidency on the brink and he responded that he found out that the Democrats are “crooked” and “vicious.”

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The reporter introduced the question by pointing to Republicans who said they hope he would learn a lesson during the process.

Trump has long insisted that Democrats– after failing with the Mueller Report— simply concocted a new scheme to remove him from office.

He told the reporter that he learned that Democrats are “crooked” and “vicious.” He also said they miscalculated and said he is now polling “10 points higher.”

Democrats accused the president of holding up military aid for Ukraine and essentially using it as an incentive to get Kiev to investigate Joe Biden’s son Hunter and his business dealings in the country. Trump’s detractors said Trump was hoping to find dirt on the Bidens that could damage the elder’s chances in 2020. Neither have been accused of wrongdoing.

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Trump has maintained that there was never any quid pro quo and he was simply the subject of a flawed political witch hunt.

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